Margot Robbie Is 'Not a Fan of Lifting Weights', Here are The Workouts She Does Instead

Lauren Clark
·4-min read

From Women's Health

  • Margot Robbie revealed she tends to only lifts weights as part of training for films like she did for Suicide Squad

  • The actress enjoys more interactive exercise like tennis or dance

  • When it comes to nutrition she keeps things simple with porridge, smoothies, salads and the habit she picked up in the UK, drinking tea

  • In her interview with Women's Heath - out today (7 April 2021) - she shared her wind-down routine for when she struggles to switch off.

As a Hollywood star, she may have one of the most glamorous careers around - but even Margot Robbie can find it hard to wind-down her mind from the day-job sometimes. The Australian actress and producer, 30, admits finding it hard to nod off after a busy day on set.

Which is somewhat unsurprising, given that her biggest film credits include the action-packed Suicide Squad, super-tense I, Tonya, and ultra-thrilling Once Upon A Time...In Hollywood.

In Women's Health's May issue - out now - she confides: 'I’ve always found it hard to switch off and go to sleep at the end of the day, especially if I’ve been working.' But she has a refreshingly down-to-earth approach for promoting mental relaxation. 'I make my bedroom as sleep-friendly as possible,' she tells us.

'I’ll put on a face mask, light some nice soothing scented candles and play relaxing music. And if I’ve had a particularly tough day, I’ll run a bath with lots of bubbles and enjoy a cold beer while I soak. Bliss.' We agree.

And if Margot's evening self-care is on point, so is her daytime nutrition. 'Breakfast is usually porridge, and during the morning I’ll have an immunity-boosting smoothie,' she explains, of how she keeps herself well-fuelled for a day in front of the camera. 'I’ll normally have a chicken salad for lunch, and for dinner I’ll tuck into a tuna steak with sweet potato.'

Oh, and the Aussie loves a hydrating cuppa. 'Throughout the day, I’ll sip on tea – I’ve been obsessed with it ever since I lived in the UK,' she adds, of a habit instilled prior to her move from London to Los Angeles in 2013 - the year she made her big break in The Wolf Of Wall Street.

However, Margot isn't your typical LA star. 'Food is a big thing for me. I love burgers and fries, which I’ll order with a pint of beer. In the US, my favourite meal is a double truffle burger from the American chain Umami Burger: it comes with a truffle cheese fondue, truffle aioli and truffle glaze,' she reveals, of how she likes to dine out.

'But back when I called London home, I loved the Mexican restaurant and bar La Bodega Negra in Soho. Everything I ate there was amazing – and they whip up the best margarita I’ve ever had anywhere.' Race you there after lockdown!

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That said, Margot's adopted a very LA fitness regime. '[I] really got into Pilates when I moved to LA [in 2013] and always feel a lot better after a good stretch,' she says of her approach to exercise.

'I found boxing sessions and fighting practice for Suicide Squad really fun, but quickly realised I wasn’t so much a fan of lifting weights. When I’m not preparing for a role, I prefer to do workouts I really like, such as dance classes or playing tennis with friends.'

Whether it's skating like a pro in a biopic, or performing her own Harley Quinn stunts in a superhero blockbuster, it's clear that Margot makes the most of every work opportunity. 'When I got the chance to work with Quentin Tarantino [on 2019’s Once Upon A Time in Hollywood] I was so excited,' she says.

'He is one of the all-time great directors – and I wrote him a letter telling him I’d love to be in one of his films. Once on set, I made sure I soaked up all the knowledge from him that I could. If you want something, ask for it – the worst people can say is no.'

Now if that isn't some inspirational, confidence-boosting career talk, we don't know what is...

Read the full Margot Robbie interview in the May issue of Women’s Health UK, on sale from 7th April 2021 (also available as a digital edition).

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